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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Book Review; The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Title: The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
Writers: William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Total Pages: 300+ pages
Prices: RM16.90 (On discount at Harris, 1Borneo. Normal Price: RM69.90)
Duration of reading: 3  Days
Rating: 4.5 Stars

In late 2006, a Malawian newspaper first wrote about a remarkable young man from a remote rural village north of the capital city. This is his story." (William Kamkwamba Channel, YouTube)

The Cover of The Novel (Photo is from here)
If a person ever come to me and ask, "What are the books that have touched your hati batu heart?", I would definitely answer, "Other than 'The Last Lecture by Randy Paush" it would be "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer". The book is not only about a true story about a boy from Malawi who created windmill, but it is a bout a journey of creating hope of its people. Living in poverty, William was a dropout  from school because his family couldn't afford the school fees. However, it was not the end for William. He continued to learn,dream and struggling to do his independent learning. (To read more about the summary of the book, you could go to William Kamkwamba's website)

This story is remarkable and totally inspiring. As I read the novel, I realized that it is not only about William's journey in creating the windmill and and achieving his dream to provide electricity and water to his village, it is more about life. There was once I closed my eyes (literally!) when the writer described about the starvation crisis that faced by the Malawians. Besides that, this novel is a melting pot of several issues such as family bond, friendship and obstacles in life, and it totally give me a lesson to stand up for what you believe. Additionally, the novel also provides several pictures of William with his windmill.
Wind Guy (picture is from here)
William's house and his windmill. (Picture is from here)
William's story is written by Bryan Mealer who stayed with William's family for several months in order to write the book. I love the minimalism that Bryan brings in his writing. The way he wrote the story is simple, yet the message is clearly conveyed to the reader. Last but not least, this book is worth to be read. Like seriously, this book should be in the list of books that you need to read before you die.

P/S I had visited Harris, Kota Kinabalu a week ago. There is still a pile of this title that is sold on its discount price. People might not know about this book. KK clanz, take ur chance. Grab one of this.

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